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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Oct 11, 2006 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Well I'm back, with another great show for you all. Your pleas for early 80's have not fallen on deaf ears, no dear friends.
The early 80's have many strong points to their credit, not the least of which is Jerry's relatively good health and energy. But also, songs like Sailor>Saint, Althea, and Shakedown were still fairly new and fresh for the band to explore.
However, delving into the 80's, at least this early period has one serious drawback and that is lack of good SBD's without a million patches, or even an existing SBD at all. However, we all have our favorite 80's shows that are so special, we gladly endure the multi-gens, the missing first sets, the patches and other glitches.
I will, very soon pick an 80's show that is a pristine SBD, just to satisfy the audiophiles. Probably gonna have to be 1989 but we'll see.
But for now, if you can overlook all the repair work and patches that this show contains - I think you'll agree it has to be one of the best for 1982 in terms of the playing.
A special show for many people who were there, and a very special venue - 8/3/82 at the Starlight Theater !!!
By all accounts, Jerry's birthday show the night before was kinda lackluster. So they decide to make up for it this evening - in spades.
They blast out of the gate with Half Step>Franklin's which builds to an even hotter Minglewood. Garcia delivers a heartfelt Peggy-O, then a speedy Cumberland really puts things into 4th gear. Jerry's pickin, you're grinnin and now it's already looking like a not-so-ordinary show. Althea is slow and funky, with some tasty guitar from Jerry at the end. Bobby delivers an energetic Cassidy, the jams are short, but Jerry manages to rip off some sparks. Then a rare first set Woman Smarter gives him the chance to stretch out a bit. All in all, a well played set. Not very jammy but full of energy and no dumb songs!
Okay, are you ready? Here comes - Shakedown! 14 minutes worth. Although there are versions from 1981 and even 1990 that I think are awfully strong, this one really is a gem from this period. Just the right tempo, just the right groove. Brent's keyboard work is excellent here, and Garcia makes the guitar walk and talk. And I never liked Samson much until Brent came along with the B-3. This song is Gospel in its glory! Then Jerry brings us back to pathos with a RARE Lay Me Down, beautifully sung, followed by an also rare second set Let it Grow! Jerry, Brent and Bobby start a 3 way jam after Drums that's unique and fascinating.
Later, an OTO tease makes you think - but then Jerry turns on a dime and pulls out He's Gone. Wow. Even though The Other One and Stella Blue following are killer in their own right, it's He's Gone that's THE highlight of this show for me. Forget about Europe 72. I'm serious. Jerry's singing is spot on, and his gorgeous, ringing leads just burst forth like rainbow laser beams. The extended call-and-response at the end really gets down to the bare "bones" of this tune.
The Staple Singers - eat your heart out! This is wailing at the graveyard under a full moon, hootchie coochie to the max!
This is a Matrix show, one of the first matrix SBD's I collected and liked. Just enough AUD to "be there", very nice indeed. I hope you enjoy.
FALL HARVEST BONUS!!!
Okay, since this show had so many patches, and since sooooo many of you love 1982, and since this show, being a partial, would never get picked by itself for a TO's Pick - and, since if I was gonna release this as GDP might, I could easily include a 4th disc with part of another night -
here we go. Oprah's Bonus Disc!!
9/17/82 - Portland, Maine
The SBD only exists for Set Two, and then missing the first two songs. Bummer, right?? Wrong!
The rest of Set Two is undoubtedly one of the crown jewels of 1982, hands down. And even better because, at first glance, it doesn't seem like a very special setlist. No Shakedown, no Scarlet>Fire, no Playin. But...., but -
Not only is the Estimated>Eyes just off the map, but after Drums, it's Jerry all the way home with Spanish Jam>Other One>GDTRFB landing you in a soul-shaking Morning Dew!!
Hopefully someone can seed this torrent, because many younger heads might not know about this one.
Enjoy folks, and see you next week!!
Dr. Flashback :-)
here are the links to stream. The Dr. recommends Musicmatch.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-08-03.matrix.chappell.30705.sbeok.flacf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-09-17.pset2-sbd.fishman.18105.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 11, 2006 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Brilliant! The good doctor's double-dose of the day's delectable Dead delights!

Excuse the alliteration, just seemed the best way to convey the thrill of a new show to aurally consume. Have never heard the 8/3/82 show, so really looking forward to it (i believe the matrix seed is still active at shnflac, so may hop on over there for the download).

However, let me add my humble 2 cents and say that the 9/17/82 bonus is a de-lish show indeed. And this is the era for some brilliant AUD sources, and the version right here on the ol' Archive sure won't let you down, so down it now!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-09-17.nak300.clugston.335.sbeok.shnf

[doodle ... well said!]

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Oct 11, 2006 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

What a sweet choice! This has been a favourite of mine for many years! But I never had the whole show before. My tape ends with Stella. A superb choice and a gracefully played show it is! I just played my copy of it not too long ago. This sounds great and I'm so glad others can get turned onto it.

There'll always be some who don't see the big picture but, for those of us who are in it for the long haul, this is gold! Many thanks, Doctor! And for the Bonus! I'm on it now!

This post was modified by sydthecat2 on 2006-10-12 04:18:36

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 11, 2006 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yawn...time for new Oprah...

With all the completely mind bending grooves, astonishing jazzy jams, and runaway locomotive moments in this library, profound music indeed, why do you again make a selection from period when the band was certainly not at their best?

Why not some mind boggling moment from 1968 or 1973 or 1977?

Way too many many shows cued up right now to waste time on 1982. Sound quality was kickin' though!

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Poster: doodle Date: Oct 11, 2006 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yawn...time for new Oprah...

Gift horse? Mouth? The good doctor was asked to do this and he generously has shared his knowledge, opinion and time! You're not obligated to download, you may simply pass on this one if it's not to your taste and wait for one of those years to come up. The idea of picking little gems from ALL the years is, to me, the point behind this. Any yahoo can come in with his guns-a-blazin' and scream 5-8-77 or 3-1-69. It's the other stuff that really fills out the picture though. And by the way Dr., an excellent choice. This one have been a favorite of mine since about 82/83 (whenever I got the cassette). A tape I loved in high school and a disc I still listen to. You didn't go song-by-song, but the Stella Blue is one of my favorites. As with the rest of the show, it is beautifully sung and gets that moment of silence in there too. Thanks Doc.

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Poster: BobzCat Date: Oct 11, 2006 7:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yawn...time for new Oprah...

Fans of the Grateful Dead are happy to get hipped to overlooked gems in any year... Ingrateful Dead fans can get their own Oprah.

Thanks Dr.! 81-82 are increasingly pleasing years to these ears, and the two you picked were missing from my list. Not anymore!

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Poster: north bound train Date: Oct 11, 2006 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Well put Bob. Hey Doc, thanks for the tip, its history shows it was very much overlooked while DL was still an option.

Excellent pick and thanks. As a newbie to the archive, I may have sidestepped this based on its history stats and on to something else. This one rips with tons of energy. Love the matrix sound, so rich and full.

Thanks again.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 12, 2006 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

ALL Hail the 4:20 PST *OPRAH V*! lock & load

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Poster: HiRoller Date: Oct 11, 2006 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

This is my birthday show (well kind of, a few years early) and this really is a great show. Ever since I heard this show it's been one of my favorites, especially that first set, it's got a good groove and it really is an energetic show.

I guess I was one of those lucky 427 people who downloaded this show before downloading was stopped.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 11, 2006 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

FYI Doc, there are quite a few awesome sounding auds from 81-83 out there. Plus we can actually download auds.


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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 11, 2006 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Or 7-14-81!!

Which, by the way seems to have disappeared from the archive, does anyone know why this happens?? It was here yesterday.

I still find it at this link, but when I search through LMA, it is not there, what's up with that??
OK it just re-appeared......Never mind!!! However the reviews seem to have been deleted!!!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-07-14.aud.munder.9794.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: BobzCat Date: Oct 11, 2006 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

For example, 3-9-81 NYC sets a pretty high bar for auds, dontcha think?

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Oct 11, 2006 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Great dates & my thanks to the good Doctor for just the right Rx on a misty New England evenin... I'm DL'ing 8/3/82 as we speak but I just had to weigh in on the Bonus Show: 9/17/82. This was my second show and my 1st LSD show (hell, it was only my second taste o' the blotter period...) Cumberland County Civic Center was (& is again) only about 60 miles away for me. To be perfectly melodramatic, the evening changed me. But no war stories.
I never could find a copy of the show back in the day and it was one of the first ones I went after once I had that chance.
The accolades for both sound quality and the show by the posters here isn't hype. This puppy works like they were on a mission. Estimated/Eyes are sheer beauty. Other One to GDTRFB to Morning Dew...Jesus, what a night... To quote Johnnyonthespot from an earlier thread, "...that untangible magic was in the moment between the band, the hall, and thousands of electrified fans..." 9/17/82 was the night THAT happened for me.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Oct 12, 2006 4:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Thanks for the "Heads"-up on the Portland '82 show. Am downloading one of the Auds as we speak (I have to do this at 4 AM more often, it's going at 880 KB/SEC!! What would the world do withouth hight speed internet?) In fact it just finished. Life is good. Anyway, back to the show; the second set is indeed stellar with a very nice Est/Eyes and very large Other One. Good call, Doc. I have fallen in love with the early to mid 80 shows available here, the quality of many auds are tremendous and the band played what I feel are some of their best shows.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 12, 2006 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

Nice pick, it's #12 of the "Sick Bits" series also
It's an active torrent here >>
http://www.shnflac.net/details.php?id=d581a1609555d3944fd1906cee4035f023ecd701#peers

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Oct 11, 2006 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

the whole run of sbd's from July 31 to August 10, 1982 plus the Red Rocks aud's imo represents Jer's personal peak, both instrumentally and vocally (just enough rasp!)

attended both awesome Alpine Valley shows from this run, but this show is the grand daddy...solid 1st set, last To lay Me Down until 10/17/83, hot Let It Grow on par with 8/7/82, the 3 way spastic jam after Drumz somewhat similar to the 8/8/82 post Drumz Jam>Other One (not the usual noisy Space)

had a sbd copy of this show soon after the tour (mine also ended with Stella, must be the Toronto issue?) after listening to this He's Gone all of the others have been a drag...just the intro alone out of the jam is pure crystal, the verses as close to perfect as i would ever want them to be, the "Goin' where the wind..." section is as powerful as it gets, then a great Other One>Stella>Sugar Mag

didn't learn anything new this time around doc, but you can sure pick 'em!

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Oct 11, 2006 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #5 - 8/3/82 plus bonus

The partial set from Cumberland is a real jem. The Dr. has unearthed a nugget and brought it to the light of day. I love these SBD's that might get overlooked. The mix is sublime. Eyes is fabulous....

And yea, the summer 82' run was great. I was at Alpine (A dick's pick's choice) St. Louis and St. Paul and loved every freakin second. The weather was awesome, heads all over the great midwest - one long roadtrip up and down the sweet mississippi...

Hey Doc - I've been milling through the great Felt Forum shows from late 71'. I am sure there is an Oprahs in there. Add in the two Boston Music Hall shows 12/1 and 12/2 and you got one of the great 7-day runs ever. IN FACT, December 1971 is the turning point for the whole upcoming Europe tour. Serious listening required.
Keep on Truckin.

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